Agricultural Plastics Recycling ForumAgency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Held February 14, 2017 - Lansing Community College West Campus, Lansing, Michigan
The first ever agricultural plastics recycling discussion in Michigan, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Missaukee Conservation District. Whether it’s used for silage, mulch, greenhouse, drip irrigation or other purposes, agricultural plastic is a problem to be dealt with. Annually Michigan dairy farmers generate 3.28 million pounds of agriculture film and vegetable producers’ lay about 10,000 acres of black plastic mulch. The majority of this material is currently being sent to landfills and, in many cases, illegally burned or buried.
Attendees heard keynote speakers and representatives of the plastic industry give an overview of successful programs in states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota, and learned how to successfully turn agricultural plastic into a viable commodity that can used to manufacture new products.
8:30 am Registration and Networking
9:00 am Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:15 am Forum Goals and Objectives
What are Agricultural Plastics and how are they currently being Managed?
9:45 am Pesticide Container Recycling Program
Abby Eaton, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
10:15 am Networking Break
10:30 am Agriculture Plastics Film Recycling Program
Brita Sailer, Recycling Association of Minnesota
11:30 am Networking Lunch
12:30 pm Panel Discussion – Farming, Collection, and End Use Market Representatives
1:30 pm Networking Break
1:45 pm Advancing Collection in Michigan, facilitated table discussion
3:45 pm Wrap Up - next steps
4:00 pm Adjourn